Julen Lopetegui: We were much better than Atletico Madrid

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Real Madrid missed the chance to go two points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an edgy, but entertaining, local derby in which the outstanding players were the two goalkeepers.

Madrid club captain Sergio Ramos was also left out of the travelling squad for the trip to Moscow after a clash of heads with Atletico's Saul Niguez.

Madrid confirmed Brazil global Marcelo has been diagnosed with a calf problem after being forced off late in their 3-0 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday. He has scored three goals in eight games, but more importantly has provided the team with an outlet up front which appears to bring out the best in strike-partner Antoine Griezmann. They're experts at keeping clean sheets thanks to the experience, leadership and defensive nous they have across the team.

The Los Blancos' coach told the postmatch news conference that he felt his team had dominated the game and deserved to win, while lamenting "adversity" which included another muscle injury for galactico Gareth Bale. The 36-year-old has reffed both Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid this season with the rojiblancos drawing with Eibar and Real Madrid beating Girona. But it was enough to retain their lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid cancelled each other out at the Santiago Bernabeu. "It is the best thing that can happen to us".

It was Julen Lopetegui's first derby as Real coach, although he was the fifth Real manager Diego Simeone had stood opposite.

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Real Madrid will be aiming to recover from their recent defeat at Sevilla when they host local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday. "We've had chances and they will come".

Thibaut Courtois came back to haunt his former club and Jan Oblak showed why he is considered arguably the finest goalkeeper in the world.

Asked about Ramos afterwards, Griezmann said: "He's my little friend, I have a lot of respect for him".

"We are working to reach this level of course, and I believe at least six Atletico players would be starters in Madrid's team, but we need to remain level-headed". Barca defender Jordi Alba, meanwhile, was fiercely critical of his side after they took two points from a possible nine.

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